Friday, March 14, 2008

Happy Pi Day!

Today is celebrated as Pi Day. We celebrate by eating a pie. Then also, we have come a full circle of our integration into a new group. Also, it is the birthday of Albert E. This was also the day Sutro Bath was inaugurated.

Coming to Pi, you should watch Arnofsky's movie by the same name and lastly the book called " History of Pi" by Petr Beckmann. whats amazing about the book is not only the history and math but the critical analysis of how history is written. For example, the resounding theme is that Roman fellows always subsumed cultures far more sophisticated as their own (yet call them barbarians). The key point of the story was that an enemy is someone "whose stories you do not understand.."

Here's a quick mnemonic to remember Pi : "May I have a large container of coffee". The number of letters in each word when written down as digits yields 3 1 4 1 5 9 2 6 which gives you the 7 digit decimal expansion of Pi...

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